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May 152015
 

IMG_0406While posting information about last week’s Orange Players spring production of Broadway Bound, I was surprised to hear from residents who had never heard of the theater troupe.

The Orange Players is one of the longest running theater groups in the area. Each year, they put on plays, musical productions and more often than not, sell out every show.

Are you interested in learning more about The Orange Players? Making new friends? Reconnecting with old friends?

Join the Orange Players for its General Membership Meeting in the High Plains Community Center cafeteria on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.

IMG_2897Interesting in acting? Join the Players for a characterization workshop presented by Pat Miller, Orange Players Charter Member, Director and Workshop Leader, at High Plains Community Center, Thursday, May 21, Wednesday, May 27, June 3 and June 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Elements of characterization will be explored, touching upon creativity, performance skills, developing a character, and monologues. No experience is necessary. All interested participants are welcome.

Fee is $25, payable at first class. The fee will cover copying costs, with the remainder goes to the Orange Players.

To register, call Pat Miller at 203-397-8915.

May 082015
 

IMG_2885I sat in on the dress rehearsal for the Orange Players production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound on Thursday night.

For a play that seemed plagued with bad luck from the get-go, with a long search for a director (They were blessed to get Kevin Miller), the lead actor dropping out in the middle of rehearsals and another actor dealing with a death in the family this week as well as losing two days of rehearsal time due to the Amity referendum on Wednesday, I had no idea how this show could possibly open on time and be any good.

After the first scene it was obvious that this would be another Orange Players classic.

The young guys who play brothers Eugene and Stan are very good with all the energy one needs in a fast moving Neil Simon comedy.

Stan has a Jackie Gleason quality, perfect for the character.

Grampa is wonderfully oblivious and (the boys’ Mom) Kate is beaten down and a little cynical.

Jack is Kate’s absentee husband who spends more time at work than at home. Is he stepping out on Kate or just working hard?

Kate’s sister, Blanche is a well-to-do woman who worries about her mother’s well-being and wishes her parents could get along.

The program was being printed, so, unfortunately the actors’ names are not included here. But go see the show, it’s delightful and clever and well worth the cost of the ticket.

About:

“Broadway Bound, one of the semi-autobiographical trilogy comedies by Neil Simon, is a warm and gently humorous play. Here we find Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of them played for laughs and the fun begins.”

Performances are Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday May 9 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

For tickets, call the box office at 203.988.5335, email Orangep[email protected], or use the PayPal link on the tickets page.

Tickets are $20 each. Cabaret-style seating. Bring your own munchies, food, and beverage of choice. No Set-ups will be provided.

May 052015
 

BroadwayBound-300x200Come and see the Orange Players’ production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound this weekend at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road

Performances are Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday May 9 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

For tickets, call the box office at 203.988.5335, email Orangep[email protected], or use the PayPal link on the tickets page.

Tickets are $20 each. Cabaret-style seating. Bring your own munchies, food, and beverage of choice. No Set-ups will be provided.

Only pre-paid tables of 8-10 people will be reserved.

The show is directed by Kevin Miller.

About:

“Broadway Bound, one of the semi-autobiographical trilogy comedies by Neil Simon, is a warm and gently humorous play. Here we find Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of them played for laughs and the fun begins.”

Last Published on: Apr 28, 2015 @ 22:55

Feb 222015
 

BroadwayBoundThe Orange Players will hold auditions for Neil Simon’s “Broadway Bound” at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road on Monday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The script calls for 6 main characters, 4 men and 2 women.

Here is a SCENE from the Broadway Play.

You may prepare a short monologue of your choosing or a “side” from the script will be provided.  If you have a headshot and theater resume please bring them with you.

The show is directed by Kevin Miller of Stratford and will run May 8- 10th.  Rehearsal will begin in March.

For further information or questions, contact Marianne Miller at (203) 795-3906/marianne_miller@sbcglobal.net or visit the website at www.orangeplayers.net

Originally Published on: Feb 9, 2015 @ 10:20

Oct 052014
 

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 6.35.14 PMThe Orange Players Present: A Singer’s Workshop with Gary Harger at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

The workshop shall begin with a brief discussion and demonstration of proper vocal technique, followed by a group warm-up, and perhaps even a group song. Interested participants should prepare a song or audition piece of moderate length, and have either the sheet music or a track available.

There also is the option of singing a capella. There are no age-limits or experience levels required, as it is NOT a singing contest or talent competition.  Some attendees may simply wish to “audit” and observe the class — no one is forced to get up and sing!

Emphasis will be on musicality, diction, vocalism, and performance values. All comments and critiques are given in a forthright, supportive, and constructive fashion, and questions are most welcome.

Interested participants should contact [email protected].

For more information, check out the Orange Players’ webpage www.orangeplayers.net or on Facebook.

 

May 182014
 

Did you miss the Orange Players’ production of “Kick Out Of Cole”? You still have one last chance today with a matinee performance at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20. The show is at the High Plains Community Center. Call the  box office at (203)988-5335 tocole cast inquire about space availability. 

 

May 172014
 

orange playersThe Orange Players will present the music of Cole Porter in a rendition by Leo Meyer entitled A KICK OUT  OF COLE.  This spring production, will delight and enlighten you with fabulous music and a talented cast in  a cabaret-style setting.

Please feel free to bring beverages and any dinner or snacks you might like to enjoy during the show.

Doors open 45 minutes prior to the show.

The performances are all at High Plains Community Center on 525 Orange Center Rd. (RT 152) on  May 15, 16, and 17 at 8:00 p.m. and on May 18 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.orangeplayers.net/tickets.htm or call the box office at (203)988-5335

“The Orange Players is the OLDEST CONTINUALLY ACTIVE COMMUNITY THEATER IN CONNECTICUT and we are very proud of it,” said longtime member Marianne Miller.  “Visit the website periodically for any updates on workshops or other Orange Players activities.”

Apr 202014
 

1298The Orange Players Proudly Presents A Kick Out of Cole 2014 Spring Cabaret Featuring Cole Porter’s Beloved Songs

Celebrate spring with the Orange Players in their cabaret performance of Cole Porter’s timeless tunes! Musical director Will Duchon, director Leo Meyer, and assistant director Pat Miller bring the music of Cole Porter to life in this lively cabaret.

Performance dates are May 15-17 at 8 pm, with a matinee performance May 18th at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via Paypal, on the Orange Players website (www.orangeplayers.net) , by calling the box office at 203-988-5353

Seating is cabaret style.  Doors open 45 minutes prior to the show.  Feel free to bring your own food and drink.

 

If you have any questions, please contact producers TJ Chila ([email protected], 203-878-9281) and Marianne Miller ([email protected], 203-795-3906).

Apr 102014
 

cole porterOrange Players need a musical director for its upcoming show, “A Kick Out Of Cole,” a musical review of Cole Porter songs.

The show is cast and all music is available.

The Players need to continue rehearsing this week if possible. The show dates are May 15, 16, 17 in the evening and a matinee on May 18. All rehearsals and performances will be at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road. (RT 152)

If interested, Please call Marianne at 203 795-3906 (leave a message with return phone number if not answering right away) ASAP.

Mar 262014
 

cole porterThe Orange Players are having auditions for “A Kick Out of Cole”- a musical revue celebrating the songs of Cole Porter.

“Anything Goes,” “Do I Love You?”  “Don’t Fence Me In,”  “Be A Clown,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,”  “My Heart Belong To Daddy.”

Auditions will be held on Thursday, March 27th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road (Rt 152), Orange, CT.

Please come prepared with a song of your choice.

The show will be May 16, 17, & 18th, 2014

For information contact TJ Chila @ 203-878-9281

www.orangeplayers.net